Bistro Bistro, 4021 S. 28th St., Arlington. 703-379-0300. Live jazz and dance music by LaMont Mitchell & Friends, every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover. No minimum.

Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. All shows in the music hall start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Tickets available at Ticketmaster outlets or phone charge at 703-573-7328. Visit

Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-469-2244.

Upcoming events include:

Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg offer swing dancing every Tuesday from 9-11 p.m. Cost is $10. Call 703-359-9882. On May 10, Johnny and the Headhunters perform.

Clarendon Grill, 1101 N. Highland St., Arlington, 703-524-7455. Party D.C. events every Wednesday. Live dance music from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., plus micro brews, specials and more. No cover charge. Mondays are Salsa night, with free dance lessons and salsa music. Tuesdays are Poker Night, with free Texas Hold-'Em tourneys.

Upcoming events:

Wednesday, May 11: Practically Einstein, acoustic band.

Thursday, May 12: Lloyd Dobler Effect, local original band.

Friday, May 13: 2U, U2 tribute band.

Saturday, May 14: Flip Like Wilson reunion show.

Wednesday, May 18: High Strung, acoustic rock cover band.

Thursday, May 19: DJ 2 Nutz, hip-hop/dance music.

Friday, May 20: One Stop CD release party.

Saturday, May 21: DJ Shock, hip-hop/techno music.

Wednesday, May 25: Practically Einstein, acoustic band.

Thursday, May 26: Practically Einstein full band with Marwood opening.

Friday, May 27: Mofaux, modern and party rock cover band.

Saturday, May 28: DJ 2 Nutz, hip-hop/dance music.

Sunday, May 29: Memorial Day Holiday Jam.

Cowboy Cafe North, 4792 Lee Highway, Arlington, 703-243-8010.

Cowboy Cafe South, 2421 Columbia Pike, Arlington, 703-486-7455.

Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse, 2001 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, 703-528-4660. Sunday-Wednesday, 5 p.m.-midnight. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Open mike comedy, every Wednesday 8-10 p.m.

Evening Star Café, 2000 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, 703-549-5051. Live music every Thursday, and wine and jazz every Wednesday in the No. 9 Upstairs Lounge. Free wine tasting in the Daily Planet Wine Shop, Friday, 5-7 p.m., and Saturday, 2-5 p.m.

Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant, 555 S. 23rd St., 703-685-0555. Comedy show on Monday nights starting at 8 p.m. Karaoke on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 9. Sunday champagne brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Drag shows on Sunday nights, starting at 9.

Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-525-8646. Live music Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights. No cover charge. Shows begin at 9:45 p.m.

Upcoming events include:

IOTA Club & Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-522-8340. Open mike nights every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., free.

On May 24 IOTA presents Andrew Bird, songwriter, violinist, guitarist, vocalist and whistler, touring on his new album, "The Mysterious Production of Eggs."

Ireland’s Four Courts, 2051 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-525-3600. Live music Tuesday through Saturday, 9 p.m.

Joseph’s Restaurant, 2403 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-524-2722.

Luna Park Grille, 5866 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington, 703-237-5862. Live bands Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover charge.

Matsutake Steak & Sushi, 4121 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-351-8787. Live jazz and dance music Fridays, 8-11 p.m. by LaMont Mitchell & Friends. No cover. No minimum.

Pica Deli Gourmet & Wines, 471 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington. 703-524-5656. Live music Thursdays, 5:30-9 p.m.

Rhodeside Grill, 1836 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-243-0145. Open mike night every Thursday. Shows start 9:30 p.m. All shows 21 and over. Usually $5 cover.

Sala Thai, 2900 N. 10th St., Arlington, 703-465-2900. Live bands Friday and Saturday, from 8-11 p.m.

Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant, 1301 S. Joyce St., Arlington, 703-415-4420. Live jazz and dance music Saturdays, 8-11 p.m. by LaMont Mitchell & Friends. No cover. No minimum.

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, 703-739-9268. Performances are from 8-10 p.m., unless otherwise specified; Sunday performances are from 3-5 p.m.

State Theater, 220 Lee Highway, Falls Church, 703-237-0300. Visit

Upcoming events include:

Toxic Mouse: 80's Hair Metal Band Tribute on Friday, May 13. Doors open 7 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $10.

Paul Cebar and The Milwaukeeans play a fusion of R&B, funk and Zydeco Saturday, May 14. Doors open 7 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $17.

Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant, hosts occasional opera nights, 501 N. Randolph St., Arlington, 703-522-1005.

Whitlow’s on Wilson, 2854 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-276-9693. $4 or $5 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Performances, from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., unless otherwise specified.

Upcoming shows include:

Wednesday, May 11: Sharif, acoustic.

Thursday, May 12: Bobby Thompson Band, blues/rock.

Friday, May 13 Kelly Bell Band, blues.

Saturday, May 14 Reverend Hookems, rock/soul.

Tuesday, May 17: Phil Kominski, acoustic.

Wednesday, May 18 Mingus Monk Tribute, jazz.

Thursday, May 19: Junkfood, rock.

Friday, May 20: Domestic Violins, rock.

Saturday, May 21: Worry Stones, rock.

Tuesday, May 24: Ajit Verghese, acoustic.

Wednesday, May 25: SMPH, jazz.

Thursday, May 26: Soldiers of Jah Army, reggae.

Friday, May 27: Taylor Carson Band, rock.

Saturday, May 28 Shag, rock.

Tuesday, May 31: Jeff Himmleman, acoustic.